NoNameGuy saidOne of my co-workers, in textbook Republican fashion, announced that people from other countries "hate us because they envy us". In textbook Republican fashion, she became nasty upon being asked to qualify that statement.
I've never been outside this country, but I have been told that people in other countries don't hate Americans but hate our political leaders. My mother said that when she was in Italy, for example, the people there didn't hate Americans. They hated Bush.
As carverhouse said, most Filipinos are Americanophiles
because it was the Americans who liberated the Philippines from the Spanish during the Spanish-American War.
Personally, I don't like the American Government, and I especially don't like one large chunk of the American population - Republicans and Bible-Thumpers. The statement of your Republican coworker mirrors what the world really hates about Americans. Self-righteous arrogance and ultranationalism hiding latent racistic and chauvinistic/homophobic tendencies reinforced by the fact that they belong to the most powerful nation in the world and no one can challenge their status of King of the Hill anyway.
Online for example, most of the rudest people I've met are Americans (though barely understandable Eastern Europeans come a close second LOL). Rarely do I meet a racist or homophobic European/Australian/Canadian etc. online in comparison to Americans or East Europeans(though I once ran across a homophobic Pakistani).
Not generalizing, some republicans and bible thumpers are pretty nice...
When they aren't talking about war and Domestic Security or something.
The image of America is shifting from a helpful big brother to a smug bully for some reason.
As for envy, there are plenty of other nations with roughly the same or higher standards of living than America and yet other nations don't hate them - Japan, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, etc. for example.